A Clue to the Exit

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Charlie Fairburn, successful screenwriter, ex-husband and absent father, has been given six months to live. He resolves to stake half his fortune on a couple of turns of the roulette wheel and, to his agent's disgust, to write a novel - about death. In the casino he meets his muse. Charlie grows as addicted to writing fiction as she is to gambling.

His novel is set on a train and involves a group of characters (familiar to readers of St Aubyn's earlier work) who are locked in a debate about the nature of consciousness. As this train gets stuck at Didcot, and Charlie gets more passionately entangled with the dangerous Angelique, A Clue to the Exit comes to its startling climax. Exquisitely crafted, witty and thoughtful, Edward St Aubyn's dazzling novel probes the very heart of being.

‘Perhaps the most brilliant English novelist of his generation’ Alan Hollinghurst

About Edward St Aubyn

Edward St Aubyn was born in London in 1960. His superbly acclaimed Melrose novels are Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope (published collectively as the Some Hope trilogy), Mother's Milk (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2006) and At Last. He is also the author of the novels A Clue to the Exit and On the Edge.

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Books by Edward St Aubyn

The Patrick Melrose Novels
The Patrick Melrose Novels
On The Edge
On The Edge
Lost For Words
Lost For Words
At Last
At Last
Never Mind
Never Mind
Bad News
Bad News
Some Hope
Some Hope
Mother's Milk
Mother's Milk